Weather Services International: Milder Interlude in January across UK/Western Europe Followed by Colder Weather in February

Fluctuating Winter Temperatures to Continue

Andover, MA, December 26, 2012 — WSI (Weather Services International) expects temperatures for the upcoming period (January-March) to average slightly lower than normal across the UK and parts of western Europe and Norway, with higher-than-normal temperatures expected across other regions, especially southeast Europe and western Russia.

“The very cold early December weather pattern is relenting, especially across western Europe, as a milder and wetter westerly flow regime returns,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, WSI Chief Meteorologist. “With the exception of the Nordic Region, we do not expect much in the way of sustained cold weather in January. However, heading into February, it appears that the risk of cold weather returning will increase. Recent and expected trends in the stratosphere and in the tropical Pacific (Madden-Julian Oscillation) are both favorable for a transition back to an atmospheric blocking pattern late in January and into February.”

In January, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region* – Colder than normal
UK* – Warmer than normal
Northern Mainland* – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland* – Warmer than normal

In February, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Colder than normal
UK – Colder than normal
Northern Mainland – Warmer than normal
Southern Mainland – Warmer than normal

In March, WSI forecasts:
Nordic Region – Warmer than normal
UK – Cooler than normal
Northern Mainland – Cooler than normal, except far eastern sections
Southern Mainland – Cooler than normal, except far eastern sections

WSI provides customized weather information to global commodity traders via its industry-leading WSI Trader Web site. WSI will issue its next seasonal outlook on 21 January.

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